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Postcard: The Castle and westwards, 1920s?

Quiet street scene with cyclists, few pedestrians and distant motor cars

This quiet High Street scene was taken from outside the Castle Inn at no. 208 High Street (sign just visible to the right) and may date from the 1920s (please contact me if you can pinpoint the date more precisely).

The first shop on the left is no. 102, Edwin Gaydon, watchmaker: he was established at this address by 1861. Next door, with the wrought iron work to the first floor, no. 103 was a boot sellers shop since 1881: owner in 1920/1 was W H Mills.

No. 104 was a dairy in 1906 (C20) but later may have reverted to being a private residence. A 'Hovis' sign marks out no. 105 as a bakers, a long standing business already established here in 1839. George Parsons was the owner in 1913, Harry Mercado in 1920.

On the right side the prominent white building in the middle distance is the Three Pigeons Hotel at no. 195, on the corner of the Market Place,

See details of the properties on the left and Castle Inn area.

Thank you to the Tramway Museum Society, Crich, Matlock, Derbyshire for permission to include this image. Their web site has postcard and photo libraries which can be searched by a place name.